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Cyber crime cases have doubled this year.

The number of cyber crime cases has almost doubled this year, a senior police officer has said.

Dubai Police's special cyber crime unit has probed around 300 criminal cyber crime cases this year. "In 2008, the number of cyber crime cases stands at 300, while Dubai Police reported 170 cases in 2007 and 70 in 2006," the officer said.

A senior officer at the Forensic Department of Dubai Police added that "technology revolution, population boost and diversity of educated people have all led to an increase in cyber crime".

While there was no single reason for the spike in such crimes, police said widespread access to the internet has made it easier for people to prey on victims.

Blackmailing was at the top of the list of cyber crimes, while defaming people ranked next.

General financial crimes and money laundering also topped the list, he said. Other crimes that resulted in 600 overall complaints to police last year included theft, fraud, sex offences, stalking, drug trafficking, extortion, indecent publication and terrorism.

Six special full-time IT detectives work in the cyber crime unit of Dubai Police. Criminals, the officer said, often hide behind the borderless world of the internet to commit crimes. But Dubai Police are expert in tracking electronic criminal activity, he said.

IT forensics detectives track origins of suspect e-mails to determine the internet protocol or IP address and then work to find out the identity of the suspect.

Dubai Police "need etisalat and Interpol cooperation to get information about suspects in case the IP address is outside the country", he added.

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Date:Dec 24, 2008
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